Meanwhile in Merritton …


There were reports of a grown man dressed as a bunch of grapes running through the neighbourhood, with sightings on Glendale Avenue, Rockwood and the path along the Welland Canal.

Yup, it was me. I’m preparing to set the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as fruit at the Niagara Falls International Marathon this October. My costume came in this week and I couldn’t help myself – I had to give it a try. I did a 4K easy run – real easy. Stopped a couple of times to chat with curious onlookers.

First impressions: lighter than I thought and more breathable; it wasn’t exactly the heat trap I expected. The grapes may need to be reinforced a bit to stand up to the beating they will take during a half marathon.

Rob Lapensee at the Mudcat Marathon, Saturday, May 13, 2017

Attempting to be ‘officially amazing’

Hi, I’m Rob Lapensee and I’m going to attempt to set a Guinness World Record.

This fall, I will attempt to run the fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit. It’s all going down at the Niagara Falls International Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 15.

I’m super excited a world record is within reach for me, even if it does require a ridiculous outfit. The current record holder, Thomas Priest from the United Kingdom, ran a half marathon dressed as a banana in 1:20:37. I think the previous record holder ran as a banana as well.

I’m changing it up and making my Guinness World Record attempt dressed as grapes. Niagara is known for wineries and vineyards. I think running dressed as grapes will give Continue reading →

St. Catharines is going to Rio

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Mohammed Ahmed was named to Team Canada to compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I snipped this photo from @Moh_Speed on Twitter.

St. Catharines, ON and Niagara will have a rooting interest in the 5,000 m and 10,000 m track events at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games later on this summer.

Today, Mohammed Ahmed was among the 65 athletes named to represent Team Canada in track and field. It will be the  25-year-old’s second Olympic Games — he competed in the 10,000m at 2012 London Olympic Games, placing 18th. Last summer, Ahmed won gold in the 10,000m at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Athletics Canada announced the team going to Rio following the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials which took place in Edmonton over the weekend.

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Reid Coolsaet, Canadian Olympic marathoner, was talking about training at the Skylon Tower Health and Fitness Expo back in 2012 at the Niagara Falls International Marathon.

Also named to the team is marathon runner Reid Coolsaet. in 2013, Coolsaet, from Hamilton, ON, set the course record for the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon: 1:03:11. Amazing!

So excited for Olympics! A lot of people are calling this group of athletes one of the strongest teams to represent Canada in track and field events. Congrats and good luck to all the athletes selected to Team Canada.

Gotta run! Rob

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I snipped this photo from Twitter: @AthleticsCanada.

Niagara Runner finishes 17th overall at Niagara Falls International Marathon

Niagara Runner Rob Lapensee with John Stanton, founder of the Running Room

John Stanton gave me some advice on Saturday that helped me reach my goal on Sunday.

I love feeling like anything is possible after a good run.

I had that kind of feeling after finishing the Niagara Falls International Marathon Sunday. It was a great run for me: a solid, consistent effort from start to finish that ended with a new personal best, a second place age group award, the honour of top local finisher and a time that meets the qualifying standard for the Boston Marathon.

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Waiting at the finish line

The Niagara Falls International Marathon is set for Sunday and runners will be lining up in Buffalo for the 10 a.m. start.

Problem is, the finish is all the way back in Niagara Falls and it’s going to take a few hours to get there. For the runners, it’s time well spent. But for friends and family waiting at the finish, well, let’s just say it can feel like forever.

The good news is Niagara Falls has a ton of things to do that are based near the finish.

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Gearing up for the Niagara Falls marathon

Can’t believe the Niagara Falls International Marathon is less than two weeks away. The virtual tour posted above was a cool find. Brought back all sorts of great memories. And painful ones. My legs started burning a little over four minutes into the video. I think they were remembering the last 12k from last year’s marathon. Talk about muscle memory.

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